We’ll pass bill to reopen government but we won’t give Trump a cent for his wall: Democrats reveal plan to force president and Republicans on the defensive over shutdown when they take control of the House on Thursday
- House Democrats – led by Nancy Pelosi – have a plan to reopen the government
- They plan to bring it to a vote on Thursday when they come into power
- President Donald Trump has said he won’t sign legislation that doesn’t include money for his border wall
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said the Senate won’t take up any measure the president won’t sign
- Trump wants at least $2.5 billion while Dems are refusing to go above $1.3 billion
- The government in on day ten of a partial shutdown
Democrats have a plan to reopen the government when they retake control of the House next week but it won’t include the funding President Donald Trump wants to build his border wall.
They intend to hold the vote on Thursday when they take power but the president has threatened not to sign any measure that doesn’t fund his wall and the Senate has said they will not take up any legislation that Trump won’t sign – a signal the stand off will continue.
The government in on day ten of a partial shutdown as Republicans and Democrats are in the midst of a show down over $5 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall.
House Democrats – led by Nancy Pelosi – have a plan to reopen the government
President Trump (left) has said he won’t sign legislation that doesn’t include money for his wall and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (right) office has said the Senate won’t take up any measure the president won’t sign
Trump has attacked Democrats repeatedly on Twitter. The president has complained he is the only one in Washington working while lawmakers are gone for the holiday season.
Now House Democrats are hitting back with a two-part plan that would fund the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 8 and fund all other closed departments – such as Justice, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Agriculture – for the rest of the fiscal year through Sept. 30.
An estimated 380,000 federal employees in those departments have been furloughed and another 420,000 will have to work without pay. The clock is ticking to Jan. 11 – the first pay period for those workers that will encompass the entire time period of the shutdown.
The Democrats’ proposal would allow the debate over wall funding to continue without tying the rest of the government to it. Wall money is appropriated through the Department of Homeland Security.
The six bills to fund the other departments have bipartisan support in both chambers but have been held up over the dispute over funding Trump’s wall.
Trump, however, has refused to accept a bill that does not include at least $2.5 billion for the border wall – down from his original demand of $5 billion – but Democrats have said they will not go above $1.3 billion they have already offered.
Democrats will include that $1.3 billion in the measure they plan to pass on Thursday.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to be elected speaker on Thursday and will push for a vote as one of her first moves.
But the White House is already threatening to veto anything Democrats do.
Asked on Sunday if Trump will sign or veto a bill that Democrats pass, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that ‘it depends what’s in it,’ but added that Trump is ‘ready to negotiate.’
‘He wants to make a deal on border security. Where are they now? Nancy Pelosi is in Hawaii,’ Conway said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ ‘And negotiation by definition has to include both sides. He’s in the White House. He’s in Washington ready to negotiate.
Nancy Pelosi was spotted spending the holidays in Hawaii
The hallways of the U.S. Capitol were quiet on Monday
The House of Representatives is preparing for the power handover to Democrats
Trump has been hitting Democrats hard on Twitter
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that the chamber wouldn’t take up legislation without public support from the president.
“It’s simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the President that he won’t sign,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell.
Trump, meanwhile, has not let up the pressure for Congress to send him something to sign.
‘I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!,’ he tweeted on Monday.
The partial government shutdown began December 22 after Trump bowed to conservative demands that he fight to make good on his pledge to build the wall.
He pushed House Republicans to vote on the matter before they lost control of the lower chamber. And while it passed in the House it failed in the Senate where Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass it without Democratic support.
Both sides have essentially shut down during the holidays. The House and Senate have gaveled into session for short, pro forma sessions – averaging about 5 minutes and containing no votes.
Trump canceled his plans to go to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays to stay at the White House but he did not urge GOP leaders to keep Congress in session, which they have the power to do.
The new Congress is sworn into office on Thursday. Republicans will have a stronger majority in the Senate then but it will not be enough to pass any controversial legislation without Democratic support.